Cassini spacecraft Saturn dies on Saturn
Cassini spacecraft Saturn: A sense of nostalgia hit me because of news of the death of the Cassini Probe on Saturn. I know NASA had to do this because the probe completed its mission. So, the “poor thing” NASA decided to plunge Cassini to death on Saturn’s moon..
You may even believe it’s silly what I’m saying. But it’s not no. I think Cassini spacecraft should stay there for a while, but a problem could happen. And NASA did not want this problem to happen. Soon I say.
Hearing the death of the Cassini mission, Earl Maize, manager of the Cassini program, commented: “The spacecraft signal has passed. Congratulations, this has been an incredible mission for an incredible space probe.”
NASA launched an animation rebuilding the last moments of the Cassini spacecraft Saturn.
Cassini – thirteen year Cassine mission on Saturn
The Cassini mission cost $ 4 billion. You may think it’s a lot of money and I agree. But the mission was worth the investment because it transformed our understanding of the planet of the rings and their moons.
In addition, to discovering more than six moons of Saturn, Cassini also showed a giant storm for almost a year on the planet.
Among several adventures includes that of December 13, 2004. At that time, Cassini made his first fluttering flight on the moons of Saturn: Titan and Dione.
Now you will know the reason for the “murder” of the Cassini spacecraft.
Why NASA killed the Cassini spacecraft
NASA decided to kill Cassini because the fuel was running out. You may wonder: why not wait until the fuel runs out? I also thought about it.
The reason is as follows. Scientists are looking for life on other worlds. They do not even imagine that this can result in major consequences. But this is another subject.
The certain thing is that Saturn probe Cassini died because of Titan and Enceladus.
Titan and Enceladus are two moons of Saturn that in the last ten years have shown scientists great potential to harbor simple life.
If the Cassini spacecraft were abandoned, could crash into one of the two moons. If this happened, could spill material insulation and fuel in those locations. In addition, the antenna dish and other materials.
Andrew Coates, head of the Planetary Science Group at the Mullard Science Laboratory at University College London, commented:
“Like Mars, the moons of the outer planets, example of Enceladus, Europe and even Titan are now leading candidates for life elsewhere. ” And then added: “We totally rewrote the textbooks on Saturn.
The active and oceanic moon of Saturn Enceladus sinks behind giant planet in a farewell animation of NASA´S Cassini spacecraft Saturn